"The book reflects the romantic—and thus slightly morbid—imagination of a teen. That no doubt fits with my own sensitivities, memories and fantasies. I often dream that I’m going to live at my parents’ house again, and in my dream, the house has shrunk. Or maybe the streets around have changed—garages have been built, and trees have grown. The decay and shrinking of Colin’s apartment comes from that. I’m obsessed with the differences that exist between places of the past and those of today. I want to see layers of wallpaper that demonstrate the passage of time."
Read Michael Gondry’s full interview here

"The book reflects the romantic—and thus slightly morbid—imagination of a teen. That no doubt fits with my own sensitivities, memories and fantasies. I often dream that I’m going to live at my parents’ house again, and in my dream, the house has shrunk. Or maybe the streets around have changed—garages have been built, and trees have grown. The decay and shrinking of Colin’s apartment comes from that. I’m obsessed with the differences that exist between places of the past and those of today. I want to see layers of wallpaper that demonstrate the passage of time."

Read Michael Gondry’s full interview here

johndarnielle
johndarnielle:

So, I have a strong preference for reblogging over original posts on Tumblr, even when I’m announcing something. Reblogging seems like the spirit of Tumblr: I have a website where I can just make a straight-ahead put-in-on-the-internet announcement if that’s what I want to do, and then I can link to it from Twitter and so on. Or go door-to-door saying “have you visited mountain hyphen goats dot com today, neighbor?” as my son, even at his tender age, has repeatedly asked me to not do.
So what we have here is one of the images that came up when I searched on “Wolf In White Van” without quotes around it just now. I don’t know what movie it’s from and I’m 100% ok with not knowing, honestly I prefer to believe it’s a hi-res cell phone video of something that actually happened, but there it was, anyway, early in the search, wicked as hell, heading not for the camera which you can’t eat anyway but for the boom operator, brave soul, still holding down the station as the wolf advances, drool dripping from its maw.
The reason why I searched on “Wolf In White Van” is I’m doing a book tour in the fall. 

9/15 – New York, NY
Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY  10012

With John Hodgman
7:00 p.m.


9/18 – Durham, NC
Motorco, presented by The Regulator

Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701 
7:30 p.m.

9/22 – Raleigh, NC
Quail Ridge Books

3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27607
7:30 p.m.

9/24 – Nashville, TN
Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN  37215
6:30 p.m. 

9/25 – Oxford, MS
Thacker Mountain Radio
Off Square Books

129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
6:00 pm

9/29 – San Francisco, CA
Green Apple Books

With Robin Sloan
Make Out Room
7:00 pm

9/30 – Los Angeles, CA
Skylight Books

1818 N Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90027
7:30 p.m.
10/1 – Portland, OR

Powell’s Books

1005 W. Burnside Street
Portland OR 97209
With Matt Fraction
7:30 pm

10/2 – Denver, CO
The Tattered Cover

2526 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO  80206
7:00 pm

10/5 – Dallas, TX
The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th Street
Dallas, TX  75208

Presented by WordSpace and Deep Vellum
7:00 pm

10/6 – Austin, TX
BookPeople
603 North Lamar
Austin, TX  78703
With Joe Gross
7:00 pm

10/7 – Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall, presented by Unabridged Books

2424 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
With Mairead Case
7:00 pm

10/8 – Brookline, MA
Coolidge Theater, presented by Brookline Booksmith

290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
6:00 pm
Complete information, or complete with respect to the subject at hand, anyway, with links to the events and so forth, is over at mountain hyphen goats dot com right now, so, you know, advance your wolf over there for the details.
I will see you soon!

We can’t wait for John Darnielle’s tour for WOLF IN WHITE VAN! Hope to see some of you there.

johndarnielle:

So, I have a strong preference for reblogging over original posts on Tumblr, even when I’m announcing something. Reblogging seems like the spirit of Tumblr: I have a website where I can just make a straight-ahead put-in-on-the-internet announcement if that’s what I want to do, and then I can link to it from Twitter and so on. Or go door-to-door saying “have you visited mountain hyphen goats dot com today, neighbor?” as my son, even at his tender age, has repeatedly asked me to not do.

So what we have here is one of the images that came up when I searched on “Wolf In White Van” without quotes around it just now. I don’t know what movie it’s from and I’m 100% ok with not knowing, honestly I prefer to believe it’s a hi-res cell phone video of something that actually happened, but there it was, anyway, early in the search, wicked as hell, heading not for the camera which you can’t eat anyway but for the boom operator, brave soul, still holding down the station as the wolf advances, drool dripping from its maw.

The reason why I searched on “Wolf In White Van” is I’m doing a book tour in the fall. 

9/15 – New York, NY

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker Street

New York, NY  10012

With John Hodgman

7:00 p.m.

9/18 – Durham, NC

Motorco, presented by The Regulator

Motorco Music Hall

723 Rigsbee Avenue

Durham, NC 27701 

7:30 p.m.

9/22 – Raleigh, NC

Quail Ridge Books

3522 Wade Avenue

Raleigh, NC  27607

7:30 p.m.

9/24 – Nashville, TN

Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike

Nashville, TN  37215

6:30 p.m. 

9/25 – Oxford, MS

Thacker Mountain Radio

Off Square Books

129 Courthouse Square

Oxford, MS 38655

6:00 pm

9/29 – San Francisco, CA

Green Apple Books

With Robin Sloan

Make Out Room

7:00 pm

9/30 – Los Angeles, CA

Skylight Books

1818 N Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90027

7:30 p.m.

10/1 – Portland, OR

Powell’s Books

1005 W. Burnside Street

Portland OR 97209

With Matt Fraction

7:30 pm

10/2 – Denver, CO

The Tattered Cover

2526 E. Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO  80206

7:00 pm

10/5 – Dallas, TX

The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th Street

Dallas, TX  75208

Presented by WordSpace and Deep Vellum

7:00 pm

10/6 – Austin, TX

BookPeople

603 North Lamar

Austin, TX  78703

With Joe Gross

7:00 pm

10/7 – Chicago, IL

Lincoln Hall, presented by Unabridged Books

2424 N Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

With Mairead Case

7:00 pm

10/8 – Brookline, MA

Coolidge Theater, presented by Brookline Booksmith

290 Harvard Street

Brookline, MA 02446

6:00 pm

Complete information, or complete with respect to the subject at hand, anyway, with links to the events and so forth, is over at mountain hyphen goats dot com right now, so, you know, advance your wolf over there for the details.

I will see you soon!

We can’t wait for John Darnielle’s tour for WOLF IN WHITE VAN! Hope to see some of you there.

therumpus
Stories in both collections jump time, scenes, and sometimes even characters and/or narrators, and the rewards for those who seek metaphorical connections rather than cause and effect are many. Surrender your preconceptions of beginning-middle-end, and you’ll be more than satisfied. This takes patience: Stuart Dybek won’t hold up to a lazy-Sunday skim on the beach. This isn’t a David Mitchell or Hari Kunzru kind of time-jump, but one more akin to Joyce or Proust or Woolf, where the only signal you get for a shift is a word or two, maybe an image. You have to really love language and rhythm and let your guard down a little.
Language is a uniquely human ability — so much so that it’s hard to even imagine how we could exist without it. But the areas of Margaret’s brain that would have made language possible never developed… She was fated from birth to live in a world of silence. Her mind was a walled citadel, the secret interior of which, gloriously detailed or shaded and gray, was hers alone to know.
Matthew Derby’s extraordinary essay on language, silence, and the upcoming novel The Silent History [via BuzzFeed]